An 11-year-old child and three others were killed in a truck accident on an Illinois interstate just before 2:30 p.m. on July 21, according to a July 22 news release. The truck driver who caused the truck accident has been accused of falsifying his logbooks, which could have led to him driving when federal law would have prohibited it.
The news reports that the truck was speeding when it suddenly changed lanes. Traffic was stopped ahead of it, and instead of stopping, the truck struck two cars and a van that were stopped on the highway. Inside the vehicles, a 48-year-old man, 54-year-old woman, 43-year-old woman, and 11-year-old girl were killed. Four other people who were not identified also suffered injuries. It's not clear what their medical status is.
The report claims that the 51-year-old truck driver will be in court on July 22, and he has been cited with failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The man also faces charges for falsifying his logbook by willfully entering false information. If found guilty, the man's negligence will have impacted at least eight people negatively.
Police haven't said what the cause of the accident was for sure. They reported that the 51-year-old man did go through drug and alcohol testing, though. Those tests have not been released to the media.
This crash is truly awful, with four deaths and four others injured. If you're involved in a case like this one, you should know that you have the right to seek compensation for the loss of your loved one and for the pain and suffering you've been through as you recover. Negligent drivers shouldn't be on the roads endangering those in the surrounding vehicles.
Source: New York Daily News, "11-year-old girl, four others killed in two separate truck wrecks on Illinois interstate" Meg Wagner, Jul. 22, 2014